6 Best Foods to Eat for Type 2 Diabetes

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What is type 2 diabetes?

In type 2 diabetes, the ability of body to process glucose becomes compromised. Due to which too much of sugar starts circulating in the bloodstream. Type 2 diabetics patients may require daily insulin injections as insulin production in the pancreas is not enough. It needs to be treated early, otherwise can be dangerous.

Symptoms of type-2 diabetes

Few of the common symptoms of type 2 diabetes include

  • Increased hunger and/or thirst
  • Suffer frequent urination
  • Blurry vision
  • Slow-healing of wounds or sores
  • Susceptible to frequent infections
  • Feeling of numbness or tingling sensation in the hands and feet

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Type 2 Diabetes Diet

Try including the below food items in to your diet. All of them are proven to help improve your health conditions.

Food to eat for type 2 diabetic patient

Cinnamon

Try to include a small amount of pure cinnamon in to your diet daily. Studies has proven that consuming cinnamon daily can lower your fasting blood glucose levels. Cinnamon is know to be one of powerful anti-diabetic spice. It also helps to reduce diabetic complication.

Cinnamon supplementation (whole or extract) has shown to be effective in decreasing the systolic and diastolic blood pressure in patients with Type 2 diabetes.

Best to buy cinnamon sticks and then use grinder to make cinnamon powder at home. Make small batches, according to the requirement. In this way it will retain the benefits more.


Curcumin

Turmeric is known to be one of the most potent natural spice for disease prevention, including Type 2 diabetes. The main ingredients of the turmeric is curcumin, which gives bright orange color to it.

There are many studies which has shown that consuming turmeric daily will help to prevent type 2 diabetes  in prediabetic patients. It has great anti-inflammatory properties. Additionally, it helps to naturally lower the insulin resistance level and improve the cellular functioning of the body.


Psyllium

A study has shown the benefits of taking psyllium supplement in Type 2 diabetes patients has therapeutic effect on your metabolism. It also reduces the risk of coronary heart disease. This research also confirmed that consumption of plant soluble fiber does not adversely affect either mineral or vitamin A and E concentrations.

Intake of psyllium is usually known for treating constipation and helps encourage regular bowel movement. You can mix this psyllium husk in the warm water or in yogurt. Then, consuming this gel like fibers helps to reduce serum cholesterol and blood sugar levels.

Another study confirmed that daily dose of psyllium is an effective addition to prevention and treatment for hypoglycemic condition.


Magnesium

About 61% of U.S. population are deficient in magnesium. It is critical nutrient and magnesium deficiency is associated with increased risk of many chronic illnesses including cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis and Type 2 diabetes.

For people with Type 2 diabetes, it is important to supplement magnesium as it plays an vital role in the production of insulin.

Researches on magnesium has shown that  higher dietary intakes of magnesium (Mg) correspond to lower diabetes rates. The regular intake of magnesium supplements helps to reduce fasting plasma glucose and improved insulin-sensitivity in diabetic patients and  in those at risk of developing diabetes.

Another study has show that deficiency in magnesium can worsen the symptoms of diabetes. Hence, it is recommended to supplement magnesium as it improve insulin resistance and prevent Type 2 diabetes  complications.


Vitamin C

Ascorbic acid, or Vitamin C is a most powerful antioxidant available. It helps to protect cells from free radicals, which are the causes of cellular damage associated with illness and aging.

Proper intake of Vitamin C is vital for overall health. It helps reduce inflammation and risk of multiple illness. Diabetic people with poor Vitamin C levels experience joint pain, chronic inflammation, and wounds take longer time to heal.

Studies has shown that when Type 2 diabetic take proper amount of vitamin C can helps to improve glycemic control and blood pressure.

Another study has shown that Vitamin C intake the was inversely associated with the Type 2 diabetes.

So, make sure to eat food rich in vitamin C like Indian goose berry, red pepper, oranges, etc.


Ginger

Use of ginger is a popular home remedy for common cold, nausea and stomachache. Studies has found that supplementing 3 grams of finger powder daily for 3 months. It can improve glycemic and lipoprotein indices . Also, gives boost to total antioxidant capacity in prediabetic individuals.

Other studies has also confirmed the use of ginger for preventing Type 2 diabetes and preventing it’s complications.

So, enjoy fresh or dried ginger root. Add them to your smoothies, curries, soups and juices etc. supplement.


Conclusion

It is very important to make change your lifestyle to improve your health. If you are overweight try losing weight, do regular exercise and eat healthy nutrient dense food. All these are vital to keep your body and mind healthy.

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Jyoti Khatri
Jyoti Khatri
Health & holistic wellness Coach
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Health & holistic wellness Coach Internationally Certified 500 Hrs Yoga Meditation Teacher CPT from ISSA TCM therapist